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Portsmouth Kate The Great - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Kate The GreatPortsmouth Kate The Great

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

879 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 2,685
Gots: 171 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bewareOFpenguin on 04-07-2005)
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stealth

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

12-15-2013 02:51:49 | More by stealth
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

12-14-2013 04:58:46 | More by jaydoc
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-11-2013 02:20:03 | More by XmnwildX12
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage

450th Beer Advocate Review
My 94th out of the top 100 (based on the top 100 list at the time I started my quest to try all 100 of the beers)

A huge thanks to kdmcguire10 for sending this one my way.

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. A thick sliver of tan colored heads builds and then fades fairly quickly. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Quite sweet. Vinous, dark fruit notes, big licorice, chocolate cake batter, roasty, cinnamon, a subtle hint of booze. Just layers of complexity. Wonderful.

T: Chocolate, roasted malt and oak upfront. This is followed by a vinous component, which then fades back to an oaky vanilla thats reminiscent of some of the qualities barrel aging lends to a beer. I also get some herbaceous qualities, bitter coffee and cream. Again, its amazingly complex. So many wonderful layers to this one, and the flavors are bold, strong, and linger forever.

M/D: Full bodied, chewy, fairly smooth but carbonation on the heavier side for the style, which detracts from the smoothness slightly. Effectively no hint of the 12% ABV, and drinkability is so good that I have to make a conscious effort to slow down on drinking this one so that I can savor it.

O: Overall, this is an incredible beer, absolutely no doubt about it. Lives up to the hype, and well worth the wait for me. Arguably the best non-BA, non-additive infused Imperial Stout Ive ever had. The depth and layers of the aroma and flavor profiles are impressive. World Class.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:56:07 | More by zac16125
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-15-2013 15:30:27 | More by baybum
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-13-2013 17:44:52 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

11-11-2013 01:30:36 | More by shehateme
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-10-2013 22:43:59 | More by In_Control_Mike
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

11-10-2013 22:41:25 | More by AOShabaz
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-10-2013 22:34:15 | More by Denzo
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-10-2013 22:31:11 | More by jayhunter357
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-09-2013 23:24:35 | More by KevinmusPrime
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-08-2013 18:03:14 | More by fbc24
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77black_ships

Belgium

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mid. 2013 review:

2009 Vintage. 65 cl. Bottle sampled. Pours black with a small beige head. Thick vinous molasses nose, thick sugar, malts, prunes, liquorish, wine vines, thick sweetness chocolate,… Taste is quite vinous, sour candy, dark red grapes, vinous, liquorish, wine vines, chocolate, molasses, malty, sweet spices, light bitterness in the back, very thick cake, lightly sour in the finish, bitter grapes,…. Almost touch light body for a stout,… Very unusual for a RIS esp. with the sour, red grapes, etc. notice, very unexpected. Still confused if this is supposed to be like this but it seems like this is the case. Unusual to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 11:58:50 | More by 77black_ships
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TheCrowsNest

California

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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rxeight

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-13-2013 23:35:06 | More by drewone
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-07-2013 03:06:36 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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garrisonp

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%

10-01-2013 19:23:04 | More by garrisonp
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.1%

09-22-2013 04:40:47 | More by Soneast
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.1%

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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-13-2013 04:40:08 | More by ADTaber
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dvsbizzyb

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

09-11-2013 07:47:39 | More by dvsbizzyb
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

09-08-2013 03:58:43 | More by 2beerdogs
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

A-Pours quite black. Thin head. Doesn't appear to be completely black. Has a browner tint to it. I only enjoyed a small sample so it is difficult to properly assess the appearance.

S-Wow, what a unique aroma. It smells a bit like port. I get a lot of dark fruitiness. The standard chocolate and roast is a secondary aspect here. Very neat, almost like a Quad without the Belgian yeastiness.

T-The flavor is, like the aroma, unique and very interesting. I really wish I had a full glass as opposed to a small sample. Kate explodes with dark fruits: fig, prune, raisin. Dark chocolate and port wine. The year of aged has forced the favors to cooperate considerably well. Definitely an individual flavor.

M-Big, velvety and slick. Soft carbonation. Booze is a complete no-show. Excellent feel here.

O/D-Was never expecting to try this and I am super happy I got the chance. Haven't had a Stout quite like Kate. Definitely worthy of the hype. Too bad she's retired.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:43:26 | More by VelvetExtract
Portsmouth Kate The Great from Portsmouth Brewery
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